Spanish FM cuts short Iran trip over Ukraine crisis

2nd March 2014, Comments 0 comments

Spain's foreign minister will cut short his visit to Iran Sunday in order to attend EU talks on the crisis in Ukraine, the Spanish embassy in Tehran confirmed to AFP.

"He will leave this afternoon for Brussels," a diplomatic source said.

Foreign Minister Jose Manuel Garcia-Margallo, who arrived in Tehran on Saturday for a planned four-day visit, is to attend an emergency meeting of EU foreign ministers on Monday.

"We are concerned about the territorial integrity of Ukraine," Garcia-Margallo said in a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Zarif said Iran too was "concerned about the developments in Ukraine."

"We hope there will be a peaceful settlement to the crisis," he added.

The EU session was called after the Russian parliament approved President Vladimir Putin's request for sending troops into neighbouring Ukraine's Crimea region, triggering an international outcry.

US President Barack Obama warned Moscow on Friday that there would be "costs" if Russia intervenes militarily.

© 2014 AFP

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